Sibling of slain East Kentwood grad to be charged with murder

An undated courtesy photo of Savon Schmus.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The half brother of an East Kentwood High School graduate found dead last week is now facing charges in the murder case.

Tuesday, an open murder charge was authorized against Savon Schmus, 16, in the death of 18-year-old McKenna Hilton.

McKenna Hilton
An undated courtesy photo of McKenna Elizabeth Hilton.

Schmus appeared in court Friday – one day after a dog walker found Hilton’s body in the brush at Emerald Lake Drive and Valentine Street NE in Grand Rapids Township.

Authorities say she was killed in Grand Rapids and her body was dumped there. Investigators suspect Hilton was assaulted and possibly strangled.

Hilton graduated from East Kentwood High School in spring; a source close to the investigation said they had lived in the same household.

Schmus, who has no prior criminal record, will be charged as an adult in the case.


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